World Cup 14
Barzagli: 'Balotelli needn't apologise'
Andrea Barzagli insists Mario Balotelli “has nothing to apologise for” after a Twitter rant and the striker shows his softer side.
Italy's Rio 'home' still closed
The Rio de Janeiro stadium Italy are meant to train in from tomorrow is still closed due to structural problems.
Insigne 'had a real injury scare'
Lorenzo Insigne “had a real scare,” but his injury should not rule him out of Italy’s European Under-21 Championship semi-final.
Baggio: 'Prandelli doing well'
Italy legend Roberto Baggio praised Cesare Prandelli for his “great work” ahead of the Confederations Cup.
Saponara 'dreamed of U21 goal'
Riccardo Saponara had been “dreaming of this goal” after scoring in Italy’s Under-21 4-0 demolition of Israel.
Sigh of relief for Insigne
Lorenzo Insigne avoided a fracture and should be available for the European Championship semi-final.
Gabbiadini: 'We can win Euros'
Manolo Gabbiadini scored twice in Italy’s 4-0 win over Israel and warned “we want to win the Euros.”
Mangia hails Italy mentality
Coach Devis Mangia is waiting for news on Lorenzo Insigne’s injury and celebrating Italy’s qualification for the European Under-21 Championship semi-finals.
U21: Four-star Italy thrash Israel
Manolo Gabbiadini bagged a brace as Italy thrashed 10-man Israel 4-0 to reach the Under-21 European semi-finals, but Lorenzo Insigne was stretchered off.
Prandelli: 'Balotelli not like others'
Cesare Prandelli admits “Mario Balotelli is not like the others, but we want him to be a player and not a personality.”
U21 line-ups: Italy-Israel
Italy could qualify for the European Under-21 Championship semi-finals with a win against hosts Israel tonight.
Buffon: 'Balotelli provoked'
Gigi Buffon again stands up for Mario Balotelli, suggesting he is provoked “because it’s the only way they can stop him.”
Prandelli: 'Balotelli must learn'
Cesare Prandelli was glad Mario Balotelli apologised, but warned “he has to understand he’ll always be provoked and mustn’t lose his calm.”
Mexico Confederations Cup squad
Italy’s opponents Mexico have confirmed their Confederations Cup squad and shirt numbers.
Balotelli: 'I'm sorry'
Mario Balotelli has publicly apologised for his red card and furious reaction. “I need to learn... still.”
'Italy U21 tournament favourites'
“Italy and Holland are the strongest teams in the tournament,” said Israel Coach Guy Luzon ahead of tonight’s Under-21 clash.
Immobile: 'Israel tougher than England'
Italy continue their European Under-21 Championships tonight against hosts Israel and Ciro Immobile feels “it’ll be tougher than England.”
Aquilani: 'Italy not that bad'
Alberto Aquilani insisted the 0-0 draw with the Czech Republic “was not such a poor performance.”
Balotelli: 'Support another country!'
Mario Balotelli took to Twitter to vent his frustration at the red card against the Czech Republic. “You can support another country.”
Damiao out of Confederations Cup
Brazil have lost Leandro Damiao for the Confederations Cup, calling in Atletico Mineiro forward Jo instead.
Buffon: 'Balotelli unlucky'
Gigi Buffon defended Mario Balotelli and felt Italy rarely give their best in June after he rescued a 0-0 draw in the Czech Republic.
Prandelli: 'A valuable point'
Cesare Prandelli insisted “it was a very valuable point” against the Czech Republic, but he will lecture Mario Balotelli after the dismissal.
Balotelli sees red in Prague draw
Mario Balotelli was sent off, but Gigi Buffon’s heroics earned Italy a goalless draw in the Czech Republic.
Mangia: 'Israel will be tough'
Italy won their European Under-21 Championship opener and Devis Mangia warns hosts Israel will be “tough” tomorrow.
Line-ups: Czech Rep-Italy
Milan trio Mario Balotelli, Stephan El Shaarawy and Riccardo Montolivo lead the way as Italy face the Czech Republic tonight.
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